Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Artist of the Month; Moebius
Moebius, also known as Jean Giraud, or 'Gir', is a French illustrator and concept artist and the co-author of many excellent graphic novels. Most of his famous work was made in the early 1980's in collaboration with Alejandro Jodorowsky, but his influence has continued in subtle ways right up to today, not least in the visions of science fiction films like 'Star Wars' and the 'Fifth Element'.
I first encountered Moebius's work in the issues of Heavy Metal, which I collected over the years up until about 2003. I first began to buy Heavy Metal around 1988, so over time I built up quite a nice little collection of Moebius's work. At the same time I also encountered his work in various Danish public library's where his graphic novels were always represented in large numbers and especially here I read most of his most famous serials, my favourite of which being the stories which featured the Incal (Written by Jodorowsky). Apart from the simple beauty of his drawings, the quality that most springs from Moebius's art is its equilibrium. More than most artists, Moebius's style clearly shows an inner universe populated by a vast amount of thought and yet all described with the same aesthetic quality. Most always, any random Moebius image will instantly transport you to the familiar world of Moebius's mind.
Actually, I never really understood any of the deeper symbolism at work in the Jodorowsky graphic novels illustrated by Moebius, as most of the time I was admiring the quality of his line and largely ignored the stories as anything but a means to admire Moebius. I have an urge to buy them and re read them as I never really did get to read them in chronology.